2013 Auto Bild SUV / 4X4 Tyre Test

235/65 R17 is a popular SUV tyre size. Fitted to the likes of the Audi Q5, Land Rover Freelander, Mercedes M-Class , BMW X5 and Volvo XC 90, Auto Bild have taken 9 of the most popular patterns and put them through a number of tests, including tests on grass, gravel, sand and mud to ensure your SUV will be as useful off road as it is on road.

The Results

1st: Continental Cross Contact UHP

Continental Cross Contact UHP
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 22
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 7
  4. Offroad: 8
Short stopping distances on wet and dry roads, strong off road
Increased running noise, average ride comfort and average curved aquaplaning

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2nd: Pirelli Scorpion Verde

Pirelli Scorpion Verde
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 7
Short stopping distances, excellent wet grip, best in the mud, very low rolling noise
Poor traction on wet grass, average ride comfort

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3rd: Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport

Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 19
  2. Dry: 6
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 7
Very good grip in the wet, high aquaplaning reserves, short dry braking distance
Poor wet braking, average rolling resistance

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4th: Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx

Dunlop SP QuattroMaxx
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 5
Very strong in all wet tests
Average traction on gravel, grass and sand. Average comfort

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5th: Michelin Latitude Sport

Michelin Latitude Sport
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 18
  2. Dry: 7
  3. Wet: 5
  4. Offroad: 6
Extremely low rolling resistance, good aquaplaning results
Poor traction on wet grass, long wet braking

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6th: Cooper Zeon XSTa

Cooper Zeon XSTa
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 17
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 4
  4. Offroad: 8
Decent performance on loose soil, good dry braking
Moderate wet grip, extended wet braking distance, average cornering

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7th: Vredestein Ultrac SUV Sessanta

Vredestein Ultrac SUV Sessanta
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 17
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 6
  4. Offroad: 6
Very strong aquaplaning scores
Long stopping distances, high rolling resistance, increased running noise

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8th: Nokian Z Sport Utility

Nokian Z Sport Utility
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 12
  2. Dry: 5
  3. Wet: 3
  4. Offroad: 4
Low rolling noise, low rolling resistance
Bad traction in mud, long braking distances, poor wet grip

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9th: Roadstone Roadian HP

Roadstone Roadian HP
  • 235/65 R17
  1. Total: 10.1
  2. Dry: 3
  3. Wet: 0.1
  4. Offroad: 7
Best on grass and sand, low rolling resistance, low noise
Bad grip in the wet, long stopping distances, poor feedback, slow dull steering

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